9G5X - Final Day

9G5X antennas2The Crew here at 9G5X are starting to wrap up for our last day here in Ghana. The 5 Band Spiderbeam and 12m mast in the garden area was taken down this afternoon, leaving the HF beams on the roof and our LF aerials.

Tonight (Monday) evening we had the most enormous thunderstorm with torrential rain and the heavy QRN to go with it. Bob, 5B4AGN is doing his best on LF, but sadly 160 and 80m are almost unusable because of QRN. Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do about conditions.

The low band aerials are coming down early Tuesday at first light, but we will be on tomorrow (Tuesday) until about 13z, using the remaining two beams on the roof. At about 14z we all start to take down the rest our HF aerials and pack up for the red-eye flight leaving Accra for London Heathrow at 23:00z.

It has been great fun working all you guys from down here at Aburi, north of Accra. This place is an outstanding radio QTH and we've had the run of the garden and the hotel roof for aerials. The only downside has been the regular power outages, which have plagued us from time-to-time.

Sweet Mother Eco Lodge isn't Five Star, but our hosts have been very accommodating and, of course, we've had a great time running the pile-ups and working all you guys. For future 9G operations, this is a good place for a radio DXpedition with ham friendly owners. The food and the accommodation are only just adequate, but for two weeks, we've managed very well. The locals Ghanaians are lovely folks, who are convinced that we are all certified, but still treat us as valued guests.

Sure, there are things we could have done better, but this was a holiday DXpedition and we took no donations or requested donations. It was all pretty laid back and a lot of fun. What you see is what you get, and we hope you managed at least one 9G5X QSO. Charles M0OXO has done a great job getting logs into Clublog and on to LoTW. If you have logging queries, we'll do our best to help, if you drop Charles an email.

Can I say that in our experience, some of the very loud Italians using code readers on CW made working them slow and difficult. There are, without doubt, some top-line Italian ops, but only a few. Working the guys with code readers is a nightmare, requiring us to repeat the exchange and their call multiple times.

The best way to work us, is to call once, then listen, if no response then call once again, then listen. One call only is best, then listen. Don't all call up 1, but spread out up to say +1 to +3 on CW and. Up to 15 kHz on SSB. Again, call just once then listen and don't leave a huge time gap with no repeat of your call. We hear summat like "SVD" as we tune over the pile up. It could be Andy or an IK6, but then often we hear nothing for ages. Drop your in call regularly, maybe every 2 seconds, but only once, but time it right!

We really don't care if you are in MI or FL or Aberystwyth, and we don't need your name or QTH or inside leg measurement. Once we have your call, we don't need it repeating four times plus 73 and best DX. Just "599 TU" is good, if you are sure that we have your callsign logged correctly.

The number of casual dupes has shocked us and sometimes yesterday when I was on 17m CW in the late afternoon maybe three out of ten QSOs were duplicates. None of us get this. Clublog tells you which band and mode you've worked us, so why keep calling us?

Enough of our thoughts. We just hope we've given some of you a new bandslot or mode from Ghana. The pile ups here have been insane, but great fun to run. RTTY was a blast on 18 MHz yesterday with many Gs worked whilst the RDX contest was ongoing. We decided to stick to just one band for RTTY to avoid working the same big hitters over and over again. Quite a few people managed a new one on RTTY with our single band strategy. Of course, others bugged us constantly for other bands.

We have about 29K QSOs in the log up to now. We are not trying to beat other scores since this is a group of only six guys working the radios part-time. Some of the guys have been sight-seeing and enjoying the radio only when they can or when they feel like it. We didn't have strict shift rotas here, it is was all very free and easy.

We've had a fabulous time with a lot of laughs at some of our (bad) habits and frailties, which is about what you would expect from a group of known reprobates. Thank you for the great QSOs and the fine operating skills exhibited by G and EI operators, who to us were among the best. You are all a credit to the hobby.

73 until next time.

Steve Wilson, G3VMW for the 9G5X crew.

A7 QSL Cards

K1024 img066Cards are now in stock for the following stations from Qatar;
A70X (AS-088), A71A, A71AM, A71EM, A71RCAR, A71SS, A71YY & A73A.
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9N7EI Update

Nepal1March 16th, 2017

Just reached 20,000 QSOs so big celebrations! Over 50% of our QSOs are uniques and 125 DXCCs now owrked. We are QRV on all bands from 160m to 10m, and are running 4 stations during peak times. Band conditions are poor however, so mostly only 2 bands are open at any one time.

We are still trying hard to work our North American friends……signals are very small. Remember, try to call in the clear and spread out…you will have a better chance to get in the log!

20m only opens for around 10 hours a day, and we are still experiencing regular power outages. Infact earlier today, we were on generator power for 6 hours.

All team members are meshing incredibly well together, we all have the same goal. We are now entering our final days of operating….and the team spirit is still high.

Next update on Friday….tomorrow is St.Patrick’s Day…..Nepali style


A25UK Update


The website will be fully running by tomorrow with our info. Due to solar minimum we have published some operating frequencies so people know where to expect us. The journey is long so we expect to be on site and on the air late evening Tuesday 25th April.

We have gone to some lengths to favour the low bands with 4 square antennas for 30 and 40m, also verticals for 30 and 160m. We have two mobile trailer towers each with two beams for other bands.

We hope to have two stations on the air all the time but have capability and man power to run 5 stations at once.

The team is made up of 10 UK hams and ZS6JR Daniel who has supplied the logistics and most of the equipment.


QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail     See website www.a25uk.com


9G5X - Update

9G5X antennas2Steve G3VMW writes;

''We had our first brief opening on 10m today and worked a lot of southern EU stations, but propagation was poor further north into EU. The only G worked was G4CCZ. 12m has been quite good at times, but the opening is here is short and at best, only for an hour or two around 12z.

160m and 80m were very good last night and Bob and I plan to be there again tonight from about 21z onwards, although I doubt we will be QRV all night. We worked a couple of ZLs on 80m this morning at around 06:15z, and 80m might be a good bet for the ZLs needing 9G. G signals generally are really good on all bands with us, but the pile-ups are still quite heavy. However, we do have our G ears turned on, and recognise many of the the calls of our G colleagues calling in the pile-ups.We plan to try some RTTY tomorrow, probably on 20m to start with. Over the weekend we will be on RTTY and WARC bands, away from the contest activity.

Some of the guys have gone off to look at the old slave forts along the Cape Coast at Elmina today, so we are down to only three ops. We are still troubled with our KAT-500 amplifiers tripping out, either from RF or low volts. This is despite the big voltage regulator we've borrowed to stabilize the mains volts, which often drops to 190 volts. We are also experiencing daily power outages and although there is a standby generator here, changeover is not automatic, and very slow.

All of us were delighted with Iain M0PCB's effort in the Commonwealth Contest, despite poor conditions. A great way to celebrate his 32nd birthday.

This is a fabulous site for radio, high in the hills above Accra, but has very basic accommodation and is still very much work in progress. We have had to put the good resources of Mr. Fred, G4BWP to procure some decent food locally for the cook here to prepare. However, our Dutch host has been very generous in allowing us to rig our many aerials all over the hotel roof and in the grounds. Finally, we are being constantly troubled by people making duplicate QSOs. Thankfully, not our G friends, but there seems to be a hardcore of EU stations who feel the need to crack the 9G5X pile-up every day, just because they can. It is very annoying!

Thanks for all the QSOs so far and especially to Charles M0OXO for his good work uploading our logs to Clublog and LoTW.

73 Steve, G3VMW'' QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.



GorillaLatest log received from Harald in Rwanda and uploaded to M0OXO Logsearch & OQRS.

Harald will be dismantling his station today (Saturday 11th) and leave for home on Sunday. He will return to Kigali in November.

QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.








9N7EI - Nepal 2017

9N7EIThe 12 man team all from EI Land will be qrv from Nepal in the next 24 hours all being well.
Check out their website, meet their team of Operators and see their plans for bring signals booming out of Nepal for 10 days!
There will be regular updates when they are received from the team available on the usual outlets so stay tuned to Twitter and Facebook too.

9G5X Expected qrv today...

9G5X cropThe 9G5X Team should be qrv from Ghana later today.

''We have planned for three separate stations at 9G5X, all to be set up inside a single operating room within the main hotel building. Each station will be identical, with an Elecraft K3/100 transceiver and a matching Elecraft KPA-500 500W linear amplifier.

All our K3/100 radios are fitted with the latest KSYN3A synthesizers, producing cleaner synthesized signals, in turn leading to better transmitter and receiver performance and less inter-station QRM. The new KSYN3A has faster switching times to improve TX/RX switching for high speed CW, avoiding problems with keying distortion in split frequency mode and allowing proper RIT operation on receive.''

You can see more information about the upcoming Dxpeditiion by viewing the website (click here).

QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.


Shodo Island - AS-200

shodoShodo Island, Japan - AS-200

From Takeshi Funaki / JI3DST
Date :17 Mar 2017 07:00z - 22 Mar 2017 00:00z
Frq/Mode :80/75/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6m

JA5DUR/5 (OP:Fusao "FUSA" Koike)

JI3DST/5 (OP:Takeshi "TAKE" Funaki) SSB/CW

JS6RRR/5 (OP:Takeshi "TAKE" Funaki) RTTY/JT65/FM


*1:after upload CLUB LOG


RT9K/9 - AS-054, AS-121, AS-104, AS-068 cancelled..

emblRT9K / 9 - expedition "Legends of the Arctic" reached Dickson and forced to stop further advancement

Snowmobile expedition "Legends of the Arctic" RT9 K / 9, was held on 7 snowmobiles along the route: Tarko-Sale - Samburg - Antipayuta - Gyda - Sop-Karga and reached Dixon.

At present, the expedition members are at a weather station on Dixon Island (AS-005), where they repair two sleighs and ice reconnaissance in the field together with the employees of the hydrometeorological service.

According to the leader of the expedition Igor Znamensky UA 9 KDF , after analyzing the real ice situation and disappointing forecasts of the Hydrometeorological Service in the area of ​​the islands planned to visit the Kara Sea, the participants decided to stop the further transition to the islands and transfer of the expedition's goals for the next year. Unfortunately, the actual thickness of sea ice, its hummocking and the presence of open water along the northeastern coast of Taimyr does not allow achieving the stated goals on snowmobile technology in this polar season.

Recall that the expedition planned to reach and activate on the air a number of islands of the Kara Sea through the IOTA program (AS-054, AS-121, AS-104, AS-068). At the same time going on such a difficult and risky journey, everyone understood that the success of the expedition would depend on the specific ice and weather conditions. Participants overcame a significant section of the route, connected at the polar station Sopochnaya Karga and reached Dixon, where they were forced to stop their further advance to the north. The Arctic once again showed its severity and unpredictability.

About the expedition, see the websites - http://yanaorgo.ru/s/02_17/index.html and http://www.qrz.com/db/RT9K/9 .
Yet there is a way back home, but for now they store the cargo for the future and, possibly, will air RT9K / 9 from Dixon Island ( AS- 005).

Let us wish the airplayers not to lose heart and hope for the successful achievement of the cherished islands in the next season.

73! Yuri Zaruba UA9OBA, President of the RRC


C6APY NA-054 - Update

Little Harbour CayFrom C6APY;                                                           
We've arrived in the Bahamas on 2nd March, but it'll take us a couple of days to get there, so we hope to be QRV around the 4th March - but this is very much weather dependent, as is the whole operation. We fly back to the UK at the end of the 12th March, which means we will need to de-rig on the 10th or 11th, again varying according to the weather.
Operation probably won't be 24/7 - we'll do as much as we can, but eating and sleeping is back on the boat, there's only three of us, and we'll probably want to go for the occasional swim as well.
We'll be running up to three stations simultaneously, all Elecraft K3s. We have one KPA-500 linear with us, but we need to carry all the generator fuel for the week with us, so we may not be able to run the amp all the time. We're expecting that most QSOs will be 15-40m; we'll monitor the higher HF bands as well and may venture on to 12m if propagation favours them; similarly we may throw up an 80m dipole but don't expect to do very much, if anything, there. There will definitely be CW (op M0VFC) and SSB (ops M0IDA and M1ACB); we may also do some data if time permits.
We should be active on some satellite passes with hand-held antennas: the FM birds will only cover parts of the USA, and not EU, so we'll attempt some FO-29 passes as well. We aren't satellite experts though, so be patient with us.
We will upload to Club Log and LotW regularly throughout the trip, assuming all the kit plays nicely. Watch Twitter for any other updates: @rmc47 (M0VFC), @ItinerantHam (M0IDA) and @m1acb.

M0OXO (PDXG) OQRS development

CaptureFor anyone interested in OQRS and how it works and is currently still being developed please have a read at the press release below and scroll to the bottom to see images of the Platform as it is developed. It is a lengthy article but any comments welcome;

Follow-up to PDXG Press Release dated: 29 August, 2016

With computers well entrenched in DXing and amateur radio in general the underappreciated QSL managers that work in the background are the recipients of thousands of e-mails (mostly all inquiring - sometimes complaining - about one or more missing QSOs), an untold number of snail mail pieces containing even more snail mail pieces, currency, IRCs, postage stamps and one or more QSL cards, even some with QSL cards for multiple DX stations or DX operators. This avalanche of paper is time consuming and labor intensive, sometimes requiring teams of volunteers to process. Add to this the hundreds of DX logs (in various formats), millions of DX contacts, donor lists, and consolidated DX club log submissions, all of which require accurate accounting and more importantly preservation.

Read more: M0OXO (PDXG) OQRS development

Tigres Island AF-108

Tigres 108Thanks to DX World for this interesting news;

An 8-man team is in full planning stage for a first time activation of Tigres Island AF-108, Angola.

This activity will take place in the first half of June 2017.

Website and full details to follow in April.





C6APY NA-054 ''ready to go''

C6APYPosted by John C6ATS on his blog;

Ok - well, we're all ready to go!  The boat is ready and all the equipment assembled.  The current plan is to leave Nassau very early on Friday morning (3rd), only a few hours after @M1ACB and @M0VFC arrive, in order to make the most of the weather.  A look below and you'll see what I mean.

Check out John's blog for further information about this weeks trip to Little Harbour Cay, Berry Islands, IOTA NA-054 as C6APY.



Dog Island, Florida NA-085

Figure-1-Map-Dog-Island-USGS-Google-2009Bruce K5TEN will activate the pretty rare Dog Island in Florida NA-085 later this year.

He will use 40 thro 6m with the possibility of 60m also. 30 and 40M will be used through the nighttime hours and his provisional dates are 3rd until the 10th June 2017.

Listen for Bruce as K5TEN/P who will be working with ''contest style exchanges''.

Qsl via K5TEN.







MDXC 20th Anniversary

MDXC20years-300x249MDXC twenty years old. The history of a club, becoming amongst the most coveted in the world, It is celebrated with an Award, MDXC “20 years award”, rules are below.

Our newsletter “The Radio“, Output by early February, you will find more info and statements of the Founder of the Club, Pino IZ8BGY, the current president IZ8CCW Ant, dell’award manager IZ1BZV Giorgio and other surprises.

MDXC is one of the most renowned clubs in the world like other as “Clipperton” etc.…, which includes high caliber Amateur Radio as Gabriele I2VGW.

Amateur Radio Society celebrates together all'MDXC the event, supporting them through their own channels of communication and actively participating with its Members and Clubs.

Regulations click ''read more''

Read more: MDXC 20th Anniversary

Poles of Saturn

IMG 20170227 174526The north pole of Saturn sits at the center of its own domain. Around it swirl the clouds, driven by the fast winds of Saturn. Beyond that orbits Saturn's retinue of moons and the countless small particles that form the ring.

Although the poles of Saturn are at the center of all of this motion, not everything travels around them in circles. Some of the jet-stream patterns, such as the hexagon-shaped pattern seen here, have wavy, uneven shapes. The moons as well have orbits that are elliptical, some quite far from circular.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 26 degrees above the ring plane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Dec. 2, 2016 using a spectral filter which preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 890 nanometers.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 619,000 miles (996,000 kilometers) from Saturn. Image scale is 37 miles (60 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit  http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov and http://www.nasa.gov/cassini .


The 'Hexbeam Tilt'

TILTFed up of fighting with your antenna when installing on the mast or tower or for that yearly maintenence? Have a look at this new product by Ant MW0JZE.

The Hexbeam tilt is a simple but effective tool to ease the process of lowering the Hexbeam to a safe position to work on or to mount to the tower or mast.

Hexbeam Tilt will also work for other antennas such as:

Hexbeam antennas
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For further information visit the Hexbeam Shop by clicking here or the image to the left.


Ghana 9G5X

9G5X aboutThe 9G5X Team have today announced their website going live.

You can see more information about the upcoming Dxpeditiion by viewing the website here;




9N7EI Press release

9N7EILatest press release from the 9N7EI Team Leader EI9FBB;

In just 2 weeks from now, 12 members from the EI DX Group will begin their travels to Nepal for their 10 day operation from the hills high above Kathmandu. The 9N7EI team report that they have located a different QTH which has truly spectacular views in all directions. Sited at over 6,000 feet above sea level, "we now have the clear path we were looking for towards NA/EU."

 The team are delighted to announce that their requested 9N7 'Echo India'callsign is confirmed and their licenses have now been issued.  The packing of over half a ton of equipment has already begun with final plans being well underway.  For more information, photos and latest news please visit their webpage at 9n7ei.com


C6APY NA-054

C6APYM1ACB, M0VFC and M0IDA will be QRV as C6APY from Little Harbour Cay, Berry Islands (NA-054) next month. 

They'll be flying to C6 on March 2nd and after several days of travel they plan to begin operations "around the 4th March", depending on weather.  They will have three stations running 100 watts with most of their activity on 40-15 Meters on SSB and CW.  Plans are to be QRV until March 10th or 11th, as they fly back home on the 12th. 

QSL via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail.



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